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Beverly Newkirk

Executive Director and Founder

Since starting ITAV in 2010, Beverly Newkirk has empowered over 2,000 individuals in WNY to move from lives of poverty or addiction and destitution to gratitude and contribution to society. She believes in a holistic approach to educate and rehabilitate the whole person - body, spirit, and mind.

Before starting ITAV, Beverly worked as a Family Intensive Specialist at the Buffalo Urban League for five years to help families at risk of falling into the foster care system. She has also worked as a counselor for Northwest Community Center Advantage After-school Program and Every Person Influences Children (EPIC). She has also been a program outreach coordinator for the Girl Scouts Council of Buffalo and Erie County and the Director of Prime Time Youth at the St. Augustine Community Center.

With a degree in Business Administration, Beverly has worked for the Recruitment and Training Program in Buffalo, Millard Fillmore Hospital, WNY Institute for Psychotherapy, and Health Care Plan Moser Medical Center.

All of these experiences and skills converge at It Takes a Village, where Beverly fosters a family-centered learning environment open to all in need.

Beverly is a recipient of the Senator Tim Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Joan Malone Award from the Coalition for Economic Justice, and various community service awards from organizations such as Back to Basics, Women Making History, and Jessie Clipper Post. She currently serves on a variety of boards to promote justice, progress, and civil rights in the community.


Our mission is to transform the overall well-being of the Buffalo community by connecting, engaging, and developing effective relationship strategies for sustainability in health, literacy, training, and employment.


We want to move people from APATHY to ACTIVITY by providing comprehensive services that are culturally sensitive, person-centered, competent, and specific to the needs of the individual in order to promote a productive, healthy community.


We use a holistic approach to problem-solving and rehabilitation as foundational aspect of ITAV's training philosophy that incorporates the following motivational underpinnings for successful, long-term employability: engaging, enriching, encouraging, enhancing, enlightening, enriching, energizing, ensuring, equipping, entrusting, educating, and empowering.


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